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Master of Public Affairs

Looking for the nation's best MPA graduates?  Look no further. SPEA's Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program is an integrated course of study providing knowledge and experience used by the professional in various roles within a changing society.  SPEA was named the second best MPA program by U.S. News and World Report.

The MPA program is designed to produce graduates who have the skills needed to be successful and take on leadership roles in an ever-changing job market. Our MPA program produces graduates who can work well with teams of professionals and can effectively communicate and work with colleagues in a wide variety of disciplines. In addition, our graduates leave with strong problem-solving skills and a sound interdisciplinary context, which allow them to hit the ground running as they enter their new careers.

Unlike a theory-based or research degree, the MPA program has an applied focus that teaches students to address society's complex problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Thus, students are taught by faculty members with backgrounds in political science, economics, policy analysis, management science, law, international affairs, environmental policy, and other significant public policy areas.

Graduate students at SPEA can concentrate in a variety of areas:

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